CARY — After losing the lead midway through the second half, the No. 8 North Carolina men’s soccer team (5-1, 1-0 ACC) scrapped back to a 3-2 win over William & Mary (2-2-2) on Wednesday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.
In the first half, the Tar Heels came out hot. Senior Alan Winn’s first shot of the game connected to put the team up 1-0 just four minutes in.
William & Mary wasn’t far behind. In the 32nd minute, the Tribe answered back with a goal of their own after several unsuccessful attacks in a row that warranted saves from frst year goalie Alec Smir. With the game tied up, redshirt first-year Giovanni Montesdeoca ricocheted a shot into the left corner of the net to command the lead once again headed into halftime.
In the second half, the offense fell cold, the defense fell apart and William and Mary climbed back into it. As the Tar Heels missed several opportunities to close the door, the Tribe were working hard to tie it up. In the 69th minute, they did, and the control North Carolina held all game was slipping out of reach.
With the game on the line and time winding down, Winn came in once again in the 73th minute to close it out. The team held on the rest of the way for its third straight win, despite an ugly defensive performance.